While playing hockey and academic endeavors are priorities for Western Hockey League players, community interaction and involvement are also important prerogatives that often go unrecognized. In the WHL Community Collective feature, we will highlight each team in the WHL, by division, to recognize different initiatives in their respective communities.
The Edmonton Oil Kings were highlighted in this week’s #WHLCommunity spotlight, in which the Central Division was the focus:
Edmonton Oil Kings
Spearheaded by Will Warm, the Edmonton Oil Kings work with children from Edmonton’s Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to bring joy and fun into their daily lives. Twice a month, Oil Kings players visit RMHC to do crafts for the evening with kids and brighten what can be very long days for families that stay in the ‘House’. In conjunction with the visits, Warm and the Oil Kings donate six tickets per game to families staying in the RMHC to allow them to forget about their medical situation and enjoy being together on a night out.
“I hope that by me [and the other players] visiting the Ronald McDonald House, the kids are able to escape reality for even a couple of hours and hopefully spend time with someone that they can look up to. We started giving families who are staying at RMHC tickets to Oil Kings’ games because I think it is a great experience for the families and it is something that a lot of them have never been able to experience before. I love knowing I have a few extra excited fans in the crowd. They are always so thankful for the experience,” said Warm.
Despite the fact that Warm usually leaves the ‘House’ covered in glitter at the end of the night, he and the other players love hosting the program.
“My favourite things about spending time at RMHC is getting to know the kids and seeing how strong they are,” said Warm. “It has been an absolute pleasure to spend time with the kids and all the amazing people who work/volunteer for RMHC.”
To read the other Central Division teams featured in this week’s #WHLCommunity spotlight, click here.